The conference theme ‘Wellbeing – Design – Practice’ focuses on the knowledge and practice of human factors and ergonomics (HFE), used to enhance the wellbeing of people via excellence in design.
The conference kicks off with an informal ‘Registration Do’ (drinks and nibbles) from 6 to 9pm on Tuesday 5th – perfect for a low-key catch-up with colleagues both old and new (bring your partner). The HFESNZ conferences are known for their friendly atmosphere, approachable people, and supportive nature – and we don’t intend to change that winning combination. And because we always find that the lunch and tea breaks just aren’t long enough for all the conversations we want to have... this extra chat time will help to provide!
Day one’s keynote speaker is Kent Parker - Joint General Manager and Lead Designer at Formway Design Studio. Formway Design ‘translates key insights of human behaviour into highly desirable products’ with a user-centred culture marrying a rigorous design process, sensitivity to aesthetics and a passion for the environment. Kent’s design career has bridged product design, management and strategy and combined leadership and vision with creativity. The 2013 winner of the Designers Institute of NZ’s ‘John Britten Black Pin’ Kent has a considerable design pedigree, and will share with us some thoughts about HFE in design.
Day two’s keynote speaker is Dr Joseph Bain - a Chartered Professional Engineer (mechanical) heading JSK Engineers in Christchurch. Dr Bain is co-founder and immediate past chair of the NZ Society for Safety Engineering, and committee member for the Maintenance Engineering Society of NZ. He will address the designer’s responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act (2015) and the place of hazard identification and risk assessment as essential elements of the design process.
Both keynote speakers will remind us of the breadth of skill that is required for excellence in design, and the need to consider the work and function of design teams to incorporate and address all design elements.
Programme - there will be a wide range of sessions (full programme is coming soon):
Conference dinner on Wednesday 6th will be a feast for the senses – join us at Coco, in the magical Roxy Cinema (Best Cinema in NZ Award 2013) at the heart of movie-mad Miramar! Shuttle buses will whisk us away to soak up the Art Deco design and the extraordinary Weta Workshops interior features. If it doesn’t get your creative juices flowing along with your salivary juices – check your pulse as you are probably dead. (The conference dinner is part of the standard registration cost).
Accommodation - Conference delegates are advised to arrange their own accommodation in the surrounding area - some have already booked at the CQ Comfort Hotel in the top of Cuba Street (surrounded by great food and coffee), and the Distinction Wellington Century City Hotel in Tory Street (a little more up-market) or the Marksman Motor Inn by the Basin Reserve are also great options. A web search will identify a good range of alternatives within easy walking distance.
Conference Venue – the conference is hosted by Massey University’s Wellington Campus by the School of Design. The venue is Te Ara Hihiko (The pathway to creativity), the campus’ award-winning design and arts building, featuring state of the art teaching spaces and artworks.
The conference organising team (Lyn Garrett, Hamish Mackie, Marion Edwin and our administrator Kim Pearson) have been bowled over by the response from HFESNZ members and other supporters of this ‘design focused’ conference. We have an inspiring line-up of speakers shaping up, and encourage you to register for your HFE professional development serving for the year.
HFESNZ is appreciative of Massey University’s support of this conference.
Important dates and review process
28 July Notice of acceptance of abstracts, papers, posters and workshops
15 August Programme and submissions finalised